John­son: Best yet to come

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There’s no deny­ing Nor­ton took a big step for­ward with the SG5 fac­tory racer at last year’s TT with Dave John­son al­most clock­ing a 131mph lap and se­cur­ing a top 10 re­sult in the open­ing su­per­bike race, but the Aussie reck­ons this year’s bike is even bet­ter af­ter his first spin at Jurby.

With a chas­sis al­most iden­ti­cal to the road-go­ing V4 Su­per­bike Nor­ton re­vealed last Novem­ber, John­son says the bike is a ‘100% im­prove­ment’ when it comes to turn­ing.

“It’s def­i­nitely a step for­ward on last year’s bike,” he told MCN. “Within no time I was quicker than my best lap at Jurby last year and that was in re­ally good con­di­tions dur­ing the TT.”

John­son has also no­ticed the ben­e­fit of the Nor­ton team ex­pand­ing to two rid­ers this year af­ter run­ning a sin­gle rider ef­fort since 2014.

He added: “Even though Josh is a much dif­fer­ent rider to me, I think we’ve both taken things from each other. It’s good to have some of his feed­back. It ac­tu­ally made me change more with the bike, whereas nor­mally I’ll just ride un­til I find a big prob­lem but with him there try­ing things, I try things too and some of it worked!”

John­son says new Nor­ton turns much bet­ter

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